Abandoned vessel sinks in Carrabelle Harbor

The derelict vessel, prior to sinking.

The derelict vessel, prior to sinking.

Janet Marois
Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating an abandoned derelict vessel that sank while moored in Carrabelle.

On April 30, Janice Marois, a cruiser who was living on her own boat, the Seaweed, noticed the unnamed boat was in serious trouble.

 “I looked up and noticed that the boat was listing dangerously and appeared almost ready to sink,” she wrote, in a blog. “This was about 6 p.m. and it looked like her aft quarter was only about 6" or so above the water. Indeed, within a half hour she'd overturned and sunk.”

Carrabelle received an inch of rain the day the boat sank and precipitation was, at times, torrential.

Marois said no fuel was released when the boat capsized and sank.

She had been watching the abandoned vessel for weeks. She said she believed a man and woman living on the unnamed craft didn’t know how to anchor the vessel. Marois watched the boat drift around the harbor with every incoming and outgoing tide until it finally wound up tied to a dock wedged between two abandoned shrimp boats.

She said the boat’s occupants seemed unconcerned about the situation and frequently left the craft to go to onshore bars and eateries.

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